Community School

Tillicum Community School Schedule – Fall 2020


Unique to our school, Tillicum’s innovative, student-focused learning environment is enhanced by community programming that provides opportunities for our students to continue to develop relationships, confidence, and a strong sense of community through activities that are offered both on and off-campus outside of the regular school day:  before, at lunch recess, and after school.

We offer a breakfast program every morning.  Students and their families are invited to partake in a healthy breakfast at before they begin the day.  Besides nutrition, this time gives us a chance to relax for a few minutes, enjoy each other’s company, and start the morning with a little less stress.  Thank you to Mrs. Schubert and her crew for their time, energy and smiles every weekday morning!

Coinciding with breakfast is “Fit & Fuel” normally offered two mornings per week.  This program helps students connect with each other and get moving before school starts.  Currently, Fit & Fuel is on hold due to Covid19 related changes to our schedule but we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible.

Through our partnership with the Burnside-Gorge Community Association, Tillicum is able to provide daily organized lunch time activities and games for students, should they choose to participate, and most do at some point throughout the year! Thank you, Burnside-Gorge, for helping students stay active and engaged in a positive way.

Burnside-Gorge also offers Pro D camps exclusively to our grades 4 and 5 students.  Adventures may include:  swimming, hiking, beach combing, museum visits, music and arts and crafts activities.  Normally, after-school programming is also offered both on and off-campus by Burnside-Gorge. We hope to bring back the Burnside-Gorge after-school programs as soon as health guidelines allow. For now, Burnside-Gorge will be offering extended lunch time programming in order to ensure that all learning cohorts have an opportunity to play.

We are very fortunate to be able to work with PISE (The Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence) to provide physical literacy and outdoor education programming after school in our gym, outdoor spaces and local parks.  This year, things will look a little different as we will be hosting smaller groups of students and maintaining learning cohorts as closely as possible, but the fun will continue!  We look forward to welcoming students starting the last week of October through the fall term until the Winter Break.  We acknowledge the hard work of Ms Nadeau, whose tireless commitment to physical literacy has contributed tremendously to the success of our after-school PISE programs.

KATS Tennis and Jr NBA offer on-site programs for Tillicum students.  We are working with them and other agencies on return-to-sport plans and are hopeful that we will be able to continue to provide these services in 2020/21.

Last year Tillicum was one of 4 schools chosen to participate in the HEROS hockey program in their inaugural year in Victoria. What an opportunity for our grade 4 and 5 students! Thank you to HEROS, Saanich Parks and Recreation, PEARKES, Mrs. Easton, and the many volunteers who make this happen.

Ms Carrasco and Ms Parker offer an amazing art program to Tillicum students including practicing a variety of techniques with various mediums, colour theory, learning about artists and art history, and even some virtual museum and art gallery tours.  Ms C and Ms P are super creative and encourage students to express themselves and honour their creative sides.  We are constantly amazed at the work our young artists produce and look forward to seeing their art on display again soon.

This year we are excited to welcome a new staff member to our team. Tilly, our school dog, is working toward her canine therapist certification with Kate Beaulac, our Youth and Family Counsellor. Some students will have an opportunity to interact with Tilly, Kate and their trainers in some of the specialized after-school programming that Kate offers throughout the school year.

Lastly, and most importantly, we thank the many donors, businesses and agencies that provide funding, volunteers and support for our community programs, including: School District 61, ASSAI (After School Sport and Arts Initiative), the Municipality of Saanich, Canadian Tire Jump Start, PISE, Burnside-
Gorge Community Association Western Coast Insurance, President’s Choice Children’s Charities, Save-On Foods, Breakfast2Music, Heron Rock Bistro, The Hamber Foundation, Oak Bay Rotary Club, The Optimist Club, Burnside-Gorge Community Association, Saanich Police Dept., Victoria Police Dept., HEROS Hockey, Jr. NBA, The Sierra Club, and The Victoria Mineral and Lapidary Society.

We also honour and acknowledge the late Mrs. Burley, whose leadership and commitment to Tillicum Community School is the foundation from which are able to continue building this special place. Thank you to Mr Duyndam for supporting the community school growth and vision.

Community School Coordinator: Dianne Dennis